The American electorate seldom demonstrates an ability to resist the appeals of slick marketing and charlatan candidates. The “so called” swing vote is the battleground where every election is fought. View the vast middle as the ill-equipped idiots that continually waste their vote on establishment surrogates who always protest the corporate/state as their primary campaign pledge. They spin it with charming platitudes, but in the end, they shield their corporate masters.
In spite of this perennial passion play a recent Gallup Poll Puts Congressional Approval at Lowest in History. “83 percent polled over the weekend said they disapprove of Congress’ performance. The 13 percent who do approve makes for the lowest approval rating ever.” A twist on buyer’s remorse, provided from the Republican/Democratic one party dynasty. So what is the alternative? Get ready for the seal of approval and focus group tested “No Labels” campaign.
The New York Observer sums up New York Times columnist David Brooks this way: “He suggested that a bipartisan group like No Labels is necessary to aid those politicians who step out of party lines for the greater good.”
Wonder just who some of these bipartisan politicians might be? The Christian Science Monitor shares some light on this search.
“Monday’s launch of a new movement called Nolabels.org – an effort to get beyond the hyperpartisanship that infuses Washington – can’t help but keep the ‘will Bloomberg run’ question alive. The daylong rollout was held in New York City, and Mayor Bloomberg, a political independent, was a marquee participant. And Nolabels’ centrist approach to policy fits his own message, laid out just last week in a campaign-style speech on the economy. The billionaire Bloomberg’s willingness to self-fund as a politician has been amply demonstrated in his three successful runs for New York mayor, and he reportedly considered running for president in 2008.”
Such a shining example of populism and ordinary people like Bloomberg must be different from the standard party hack, do you agree? Gee, what party tag is he using this time…?
The Politico views this non-party label a little different.
“The group ‘No Labels’ kicked off its first conference Monday at New York’s Columbia University with just one label largely absent: ‘Republican.’
"The non-partisan initiative with the slogan, ‘Not Left. Not Right. Forward’, is seeking to fill what the American people regularly tell pollsters is the vital center: a non-ideological space where the commitment is to getting things done. And its speakers – who ranged from Republican moderates like ex-Virginia Rep. Tom Davis to liberal Democrats like New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand – sang the praises of cooperation and compromise.
"But the only Republicans present at Columbia University’s modern, square Alfred Lerner Hall seemed to be those who had recently lost primary races, such as South Carolina Rep. Bob Inglis and Delaware Rep. Mike Castle, or former Republicans like Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.”
Wow, could this be a clan of mostly losers or wannabees just masquerading as moderates?
Emily Esfahani Smith, managing editor of the Hoover Institution journal, name names:
“No Labels’ purpose is to fight hyper-partisanship in politics, to be the ‘centrist equivalent to the tea-party movement on the right and MoveOn on the left.’ Does it surprise you that David Frum is one of the organization’s founding leaders? So are Republican strategist Mark McKinnon and Democratic fundraiser Nancy Jacobson.”
And provides this quote from No Labels’ website:
“Hyper-partisanship is one of the greatest domestic challenges our nation faces. It divides America and derails our ability to solve our shared challenges. Rather than focusing on solving problems, hyper-partisans use labels to demonize their opponents, enforce orthodoxy within their own ranks, and marginalize sensible compromises.”
Ms. Esfahani Smith concludes:
“When it comes to politics and political parties, I think litmus tests and ‘orthodoxy are foolish and harmful – especially for the GOP right now. However, I don’t agree with No Labels that partisanship itself is a problem. 'Ordinary politics is partisan politics,’ as Harvey Mansfield has written. To say otherwise – to try to create a postpartisan era of "No Labels” – is a utopian departure from reality.“
In order to make sense out of another feeble attempt to hoodwink the populace, the ruling establishment is molding an alliance between the NeoCons and the NeoLibs. No Labels really means lead the dumbed down public by the nose.
Compare and contrast the stretch from Rush Limbaugh and the alluring lyrics of Akon, "See a man with a blue tie, see a man with a red tie; so how about we tie ourselves together and get it done.” Who is correct? If you are one of the walking zombies that believe that we can all just get along, you are a prime target for the No Labels deception. Watch these videos Limbaugh: No Labels Is A Racist Organization and Akon: No Labels and take away the lesson that both miss the real point of what No Labels is attempting to accomplish.
No Labels looks more like a pilot plot for the sequel to Mad Men. Madison Avenue selling the youth on a message of communal unity, the career working taxpayer that government theft helps society and the struggling single parent that their kids are really being educated in government schools. Sadly, the Ignorant Middle, all too often, buys into the hype and snake oil.
Gotham City, the source of original sin and seat of eternal damnation leads the carnival that sucks in the suckers into playing a no win game. Need evidence, just ponder the results from the New York State election.
The gubernatorial results by party are: Democratic 2,610,123; Republican 1,290,017; Conservative 232,264; Working Families 154,847; Independence 146,646; Green 59,928; Libertarian 48,386; Rent is 2 Damn High 41,131; Taxpayers 25,820; Freedom 24,572; Anti-Prohibition 20,429. There were 4,423 write-ins.
The Libertarian Party no long qualifies to be on the ballot without obtaining new signatures. The progressive left Working Families and 2 Damn High media creation just want more government handouts. Just add in the Green and Independence vote to most of the Democratic platform and you have very few people standing up for limited government.
“The Coffee Party has finally done it… They have officially endorsed (Titled: In Praise of No Labels) the startup political group labeled No Labels in their quest for political obscurity guised by a right-winged led call for civility. To the point, they have lost all credibility as an organization. People of this great nation cannot be fooled any longer. The Coffee Party is leading you down a road to the slaughter house. These words may seem harsh but the stakes could not be higher. The Coffee Party along with No Labels is an organization meant to harm you. The end result of their efforts will be to siphon votes to a third party Independent candidate: most likely – Michael Bloomberg. Beware of lessons learned from 1992.”
Well, Mr. Matthias is correct about both the Coffee Party and No Labels but his conclusion misses the most important issue. As long as the Ignorant Middle keeps voting for either version of Democrat or Republican collectivism, the final results guarantee totalitarian tyranny. Manufactured third parties are quite different from spontaneous populist grassroots rebellion. The basic reason why No Labels is the latest adaptation of defusing groundswell dissent is to siphon off lukewarm support from the Tea Party movement.
No doubt, the RINO establishment has their own style of drinking GOP tea, but the authentic voice of individual liberty revolt is distinctively ideological, paleo-conservative and America First. Any organization where David Frum influences policy is an enemy of the Republic.
As true as the record of despotism is documented, the more the Ignorant Middle demand added repression. Elections are fabricated spectacles of coronation. The real lesson of 1992 is that H. Ross Perot was threatened to marginalize himself with bazaar conduct of dropping out and then jumping back into the race. A true viable Third Party is the only way to scare the bejesus out of the establishment whores. As long as the Ignorant Middle swings between burros and pachyderms, the ‘TC’ society will wear the dullard label.
For any reform or revolutionary movement to be legitimate, it must reject a top down model. If a mere 13% approve Congress’ performance, please explain how Obama has a 79 percent job-approval rating among liberal Democrats? Are the irresistible statists wearing a liberal label or do they just make up the vast majority of the Ignorant Middle? Do not be fooled. No Labels is an alliance of NeoCon and Libs to play on the shallow sophistication of part-time citizens.
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